Statement from Minister of Government Services on Open Government Report
Today, John Milloy, Minister of Government Services, released the following statement on the Open Government Engagement Team's report :
"I would like to thank Don Lenihan, chair of the Engagement Team, and all the team members for their hard work and thoughtful recommendations on how we can make government more open in everything we do - from increasing the data and the information we share, to the way we develop policies and services. We will review the report and recommendations carefully to help inform next steps in making our government more open, transparent and accessible to Ontarians.
Over the course of four months, the Engagement Team held seven public meetings, met with local leaders, entrepreneurs, volunteer associations, and open government and open data advocates. This collaboration is a great example of open dialogue, and I would like to thank everyone who generously shared their thoughts and ideas.
Since launching Open Government, our government has been working hard to make information easier to find, understand and use, including exploring innovative models of public engagement. We have also introduced the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014, which would strengthen political accountability, enhance oversight and increase transparency in the government and the broader public sector.
The Engagement Team's report and the action our government has taken to promote open government will create meaningful change, both inside our government and across the province for all Ontarians."